Adolescent meaning

ădl-ĕsənt
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A young person who has undergone puberty but who has not reached full maturity.
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Of, relating to, or undergoing adolescence.
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Characteristic of adolescence; immature.

An adolescent sense of humor.

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A boy or a girl from puberty to adulthood; teenage person.
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A young person who has undergone puberty but who has not reached full maturity.
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Of or characteristic of adolescence; youthful, exuberant, immature, unsettled, etc.
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Of, relating to, or undergoing adolescence.
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Developing from childhood to maturity; growing up.
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The definition of adolescent is immature or like a teenager.

Going out and drinking alcohol every night is an example of adolescent behavior.

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Adolescent is defined as a person who is in between puberty and adulthood.

A high school student is an example of an adolescent.

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Origin of adolescent

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin adolēscēns adolēscent- present participle of adolēscere to grow up ad- ad- alēscere to grow inchoative of alere to nourish al-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • First attested 1482, from Middle French adolescent, from Latin adolescentem, accusative form of adolescens, present participle of adolescere (“to become adult, grow up”), from ad- (“to”) + alescere (“to grow or become nourished”). The adjective first appeared in 1785.

    From Wiktionary